Japan to have a hydrogen society strategy in place by end of year

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A strategy to develop a hydrogen society will be in place by the end of 2017 Japan will have a definitive plan to establish a “hydrogen society” by the end of this year. A hydrogen society is one that will rely heavily on the use of fuel cells to generate electricity. These energy systems would replace conventional solutions and will not only produce electricity but heat as well. Additionally, such a society would rely on fuel cells to power vehicles, making transportation emissions free. Japan has been working toward embracing…

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Fukushima could become a major hydrogen fuel production center for Japan

Japan is looking to make Fukushima a leading power in hydrogen production Japan intends to turn its Fukushima Prefecture into a major hydrogen production center. Fukushima was home to one of the worst nuclear disasters in human history, following the impact of a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami in early 2011. The disaster caused Japan to re-evaluate its support of nuclear power, with the government showing more support for other forms of energy, such as fuel cells. Over the past five years, Fukushima has recovered well from its ordeal and…

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Fukushima Prefecture to become a hub of development for hydrogen fuel cell technology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces plan to bolster fuel cell technology in Japan Nearly four years after the Fukushima disaster, which was one of the worst nuclear disasters in world history, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has announced that the Fukushima Prefecture will become the center of development for hydrogen energy in the country. Prime Minister Abe has revealed a plan called the Fukushima New Energy Society Initiative, which aims to support the development of new fuel cell and infrastructure technology. The initiative is part of a larger endeavor to…

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Japan’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure is running into problems

Japan intends to become a hydrogen society Japan has plans to become a leading power in clean transportation. The Japanese government is working to establish a hydrogen society within the country, one which derives much of its power from hydrogen fuel cells. The government is also working to promote the adoption of clean vehicles, specifically those powered by fuel cells. These vehicles have already established a foothold in Japan, but they are beginning to encounter significant challenges that could slow the expansion of clean transportation in the country. Prime Minister…

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Japan may have trouble establishing a society powered by hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen society may be a costly ambitious endeavor for Japan Japan has ambitious goals of establishing a hydrogen society for itself. Such a society would be primarily powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which would provide electrical power for homes, businesses, and vehicles. The Japanese government believes that it can accomplish this goal, but doing so may take some time, as fuel cells are notoriously expensive energy systems. The high cost of fuel cells may impair the country’s progress toward establishing a hydrogen society in the coming years. Government officials have…

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Toyota to increase production of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Toyota will increase production of its Mirai vehicle Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will be increasing the production of its new fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. The company is currently producing some 700 of these vehicles this year, but has seen greater demand for the fuel cell car than it had initially anticipated. Last week, Toyota noted that it had received more than 1,500 orders for the Mirai in Japan since December of 2014. This demand is being augmented by the subsidies that the Japanese government is offering…

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Japanese government shows support for hydrogen fuel cells

Fuel cells are gaining traction as government plans to relax regulation on clean vehicles The Japanese government plans to ease regulations concerning fuel cell vehicles and the use of hydrogen fuel. According to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the time is right to introduce a “hydrogen era,” one where Japan aims to receive the majority of its power from hydrogen fuel. The Prime Minister was one of the first people in Japan to receive Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle, called the Mirai. Abe is now pushing for all government ministries…

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Japan introduces new subsidy to support hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Japan continues to take steps toward a future of clean transportation Japan is prepared to invest in the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the government will be offering at least $19,700 in subsidies for vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. This subsidy is expected to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell vehicles by making them somewhat less expensive. Currently, the high cost of fuel cells is likely to be one of the most detracting aspects of fuel cell vehicles. Government works with automakers to…

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